Summer is the worst season for their headaches. Summer tension headaches can be caused by many factors - from America's favorite pastimes - days at the beach, afternoons at the ball game - to the annoyances of the season - the stress and anxiety of bumper to bumper traffic, overexposure to the sun and dehydration, according to Alexander Mauskop M.D., founder and director of The New York Headache Center and board-certified in Neurology,. All these activities - even those that come under the heading of typical Summer fun - can trigger a mild to extreme tension headache,the most common type of primary headache. In fact, as many as 90% of adults experience a tension headache which can last from 30 minutes to an entire month, according to The Mayo Clinic.
New York, NY (Vocus) June 2, 2010 -- Summer is officially underway. Memorial Day weekend kicked off the season and Americans all around the country are starting to enjoy the pleasures of warm, sunny days and beach weekends. But typical summer activities like basking in the sun, traversing crowded highways and staying in the hot sun for hours can have serious side effects in terms of creating exasperating headaches.
According to a National Headache Foundation survey, headache sufferers consider Summer to be the worst season for their headaches. Summer tension headaches, according to Alexander Mauskop M.D., founder and director of The New York Headache Center and board-certified in Neurology, can be caused by many factors - from America's favorite pastimes - days at the beach, afternoons at the ball game - to the annoyances of the season - the stress and anxiety of bumper to bumper traffic, overexposure to the sun and dehydration. All these activities - even those that come under the heading of typical Summer fun - can trigger a mild to extreme tension headache, the most common type of primary headache.
“Spending time outdoors with friends and family is the fun part of summer,” says Dr. Mauskop. “But the not so fun part is a summer headache. Many people, including headache sufferers are unaware of what causes summer headaches - and how to alleviate the pain." The good news is that pain relief can be achieved without drastically compromising your Summer lifestyle. Dr. Mauskop's Migralex TM the new pain reliever, introduced by this respected neurologist is the result of a 20-year quest to uncover the cause of headaches and to find alternatives to conventional drugs.
Summer: It Can Be A Headache Despite All The Fun
Dr. Mauskop's breakthrough research, conducted with Drs. Bella and Burton Altura, revealed that many headache sufferers share a common magnesium deficiency that results in a variety of neurochemi¬cal abnormalities. These imbalances cause brain and blood vessel changes in the head that trigger pain. Alexander Mauskop M.D. created a formula for pain relief that combines precise amounts of quickly dissolving ingredients capable of delivering fast results with minimal side effects. A blinded study revealed that 86 percent of those deficient in magnesium who received an infusion of magnesium experienced dramatic relief from their headaches.
Summer's Painful Pastimes: Headache Causes of the Season
Brain Freeze -- Although it usually lasts no more than five minutes, an "ice cream" headache is a common summer ailment. Cold - as in the ice cream suddenly, rapidly consumed - causes blood vessels in one’s brain to dilate, resulting in intense sudden pain. The best way to avoid this is to try and not have the icy cold substance touch the roof of one’s mouth. Relieving the short term painful effect of brain freeze, one can immediately warm the roof of the mouth with room temperature water.
Dehydration -- Even mild dehydration can trigger a headache. With soaring temperatures and humidity, it is recommended to drink at least 1 to 2 liters of water a day and decrease intake of caffeine. This is especially important while lying in the sun for hours and not getting enough fluids. After a long day at the beach, one can combat dehydration as well as headache pain by drinking the required eight ounces of fluid to activate the pain relief from Dr. Mauskop's Migralex TM, a fast acting aspirin-magnesium combination.
Excessive Sun Exposure -- The burning heat and intense light from the sun is a major culprit, especially when coupled with a lack of fluids. Keep these simple tips in mind: wear polarized sunglasses to cut glare, chose light colored clothes, and wear a wide-brimmed hat that can help block the burning rays of the sun.
Hyperthermia -- This occurs when the body produces or absorbs more heat than it can dissipate. When the temperature climbs and the body reacts by overheating, painful headaches and other symptoms can result. Of course, to avoid drastic overheating, wear light clothing instead of darks and always wear a wide-brimmed straw hat. But Dr. Mauskop cautions that extreme overexposure to sun can start with a headache but if the body is not cooled down adequately, a headache can end in heat stroke or worse complications.
Summmer: Despite All The Fun It Can Be A Headache
Scent Sensitivity -- Although there are many highly perfumed sunscreens and insect repellents on the market, Dr. Mauskop suggests one try to avoid them and select fragrance free sun and insect control products instead. Why? Strong scents are a headache trigger under any circumstances and in the hot, still air of summer these essences intensify and can cause a surprising amount of devastating headache pain.
Sleep Imbalance -- Getting too little or too much sleep disrupts normal body rhythms. Such a change in pattern can trigger a headache. Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day - if the Summer season means waking up with the Sun, then go to bed when the moon rises. Watch what you eat and drink. Those fun, frothy alcoholic drinks - Pina Coladas, Cuba Libres, Margaritas, Frozen Fruit Daiquiris - are common headache triggers. And so are nitrates often found in our favorite cookout and picnic foods: hot dogs and cold cuts.
Exercising in Extreme Heat -- Strenuous activity in hot weather can trigger a headache. The everyday run in the Summer's heat, or an indoor treadmill session without air conditioning, can spur a headache. To avoid compromising oneself physically in the Summer heat and still enjoy a workout, it is critical not only to modify the exercise routine to avoid overexertion but to stay aware of the body's reaction to the Summer's heat. Stay hydrated. Acknowledge your limits. And when a headache sets in, have a fast acting pain reliever on hand, like Dr. Mauskop's MigralexTM.
Dr. Mauskop's Formula For Headache Relief
Dr. Mauskop’s Migralex™ is fast acting, free of sodium, caffeine and preservatives, and is clinically proven to ease headaches brought on by sinus pain, stress, tension, menstruation, and exertion. The magnesium-based formula reduces inflammation, inhibits the clumping together of platelets, relaxes blood vessels and normalizes dozens of chemical reactions, while successfully and rapidly attacking pain. For more information on Dr. Mauskop and his research with Magnesium, go to www.migralex.com.
Note: National Headache Awareness Week is June 6 -12, 2010
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